Two Regiment Soldiers Pass Sandhurst Course

October 30, 2016

Two Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers have passed a tough British Army course designed to train a new generation of officers.

Alex Gibbs and Samuel Hewitt both graduated from the eight-week Army Reserve commissioning course at the prestigious Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in the UK – the ‘university’ for would-be Army officers.

Now the pair, who returned earlier this month, will go before the Defence Board, the final hurdle before being commissioned into the RBR as 2nd Lieutenants.

Gunning for success: [L to R] Officer Cadets Alexander Gibbs and Samuel Hewitt outside the historic Sandhurst officer training school in the UK.

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Officer Cadet Gibbs said: “Being commissioned has always been a goal of mine ever since I joined.”

The 25-year-old from Smith’s Parish, who works in data entry at the Total Group, added: “The level of instruction at Sandhurst is second to none.”

The cadets, drawn from Army Reserve units, university Officer Training Corps from across the UK and ex-regular Army Non-Commissioned Officers, underwent a mix of classroom work and practice in the field, culminating in a week-long battle exercise aimed at forging platoon leaders, with the opposition played by the soldiers from the battle-hardened Brigade of Gurkhas.

OCdt Gibbs said: “It really develops your leadership skills and gives a lot of personal character development – you definitely learn a lot of communication skills and see a lot of different leadership techniques.

“The training staff were second to none and it was absolutely amazing being in that environment with that level of experience. We were both honoured to be there.”

[L to R] Officer Cadet Samuel Hewitt, inspecting officer Brigadier Hugh J Robertson and Officer Cadet Alexander Gibbs after their passing out parade at Sandhurst.

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He added both Bermuda recruits were told by training staff that their professionalism was good and that they had passed on their own merits.

OCdt Gibbs said: “It does give the Regiment status as a unit that can fight and operate to that high British Army standard – and we now have a ton of contacts in postings around the UK.”

OCdt Hewitt, 24, who is studying online for a University of London law degree, added: “I found it to be one of the best experiences of my life.

“It’s always great to get out there and train with experts. It was quite a bit of a learning curve with some of the course and the physical stuff was very challenging.”

He added: “I hope I can now be of use to the Regiment by taking the expertise we were given and using it, whether it’s leadership or the tactics we were taught, map reading or how to coordinate a platoon attack.”

And OCdt Hewitt said: “When we go out there, we perform to a certain standard and the British Army sees the Regiment as an organisation they can rely on.”

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  1. Katrina Caines says:

    Congrats Sammy!!! Keep up the great work both of you.

  2. Forethebest says:

    this is a stellar achievement by both gentlemen! Congratulations!

  3. Just in time says:

    Im happy that the both of you have been afforded , on your own merits, one of the best leadership and development courses available. Your personal and professional careers will reap the benefits of your training.